The University of Victoria’s Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium has developed a new set of climate change summaries for different regions of BC, including the Kootenay Boundary region. The summaries describe past climate and future projected changes, and provide an overview of potential impacts based on the Plan2Adapt tool.
We have put together a set of climate summaries for the eight resource regions of BC. These were made with the support of the BC Ministry of Forestry, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, as part of our ongoing mission to help regional stakeholders in British Columbia plan for projected changes to climate.
These summaries describe climate change projections for each region in the context of historical observations and province-wide climate change. Each one begins with a brief, general overview of climate change in BC and a short discussion of the topography, climate influences, ecosystems and economies of the region. The summaries present the historical climate trends of the regions, before providing future climate projections for the region and discussing briefly what impacts these may have for various sectors, infrastructure and ecosystems. Over the historical period, temperature and precipitation are covered. The future projections section discusses temperature, precipitation and, in addition, provides a table of projected changes to snowfall, growing degree days, heating degree days and frost-free days for the 2050s.
These summaries make use of PCIC’s Plan2Adapt tool and the CANGRID and PRISM climate data sets. Reports for the Cariboo, Kootenay-Boundary, Northeast, Omineca, Skeena, South Coast, Thompson-Okanagan and West Coast regions are available either individually or together in a .ZIP file.